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Women & Leadership Australia


Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s IT sector.

The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to September 7, 2018:





Notifiable Data Breaches - Know your obligations

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 established the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme in Australia. The NDB scheme applies to all agencies and organisations with existing personal information security obligations under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) from 22 February 2018.

The NDB scheme introduced an obligation to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm. This notification must include recommendations about the steps individuals should take in response to the breach. The Australian Information Commissioner (Commissioner) must also be notified of eligible data breaches.

Who must comply with the NDB scheme? The following link takes you to a list of entities covered by the NDB scheme

NDB Resources
Published by: PwC 2017
Australia introduces mandatory data breach notification regime

Published by: PwC 2018
2018 Australian Privacy Outlook

Published by: IIM February 2018
Privacy and Security in the Digital Age and Seven Step Data Breach Plan


Queensland, South Australia dominate 2015 GMAA Five Star MBA Ratings

By Ben Ready

The Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) has handed down its GMAA MBA 5 Star Ratings for 2015 with Queensland and South Australian schools once again dominating.

A total of seven MBAs were awarded a 5 Star Rating, including Deakin University, Griffith University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland and the University of South Australia.

A number of schools lost their 5 Star Rating this year, including La Trobe University, RMIT and University of Western Australia.

The GMAA 5 Star Rating is a rigorous and independent assessment of Australian MBA programs. The GMAA assesses and gives each program a Star Rating from 5-1 to reflect the program’s standard.

UniSA Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) was awarded a 5 Star Rating for the eighth consecutive year.

Dean of Postgraduate and Professional Programs at UniSA Professor Susan Freeman said the university was very proud of the achievement.

“Not many Business Schools can boast achieving a 5 Star Rating for eight consecutive years in a row,” she said.

“It is testimony to our team and its commitment to provide the highest quality of education developing applied research and exceptional productive corporate and industry partnerships, which will continue to provide our MBA graduates with a degree that is relevant and greatly respected in the business and academic community.”

Griffith MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming said the GMAA rating provided insight to prospective MBA students about the quality of the program.

“Our program is set apart from others because of our three core values which have remained constant as the program has been restructured and updated to meet the needs of modern, digital-savvy students,” Associate Professor Fleming said.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) MBA was awarded 4 Stars.

USQ MBA Program Director Associate Professor Jane Summers said she was pleased with the result which acknowledged USQ as a leading provider in Australia.

“It is a testament to the quality of our program and commitment to delivering the best outcomes for our students,” she said.

Associate Professor Summers said providing a flexible program that allowed students to study online and in their own time and space was clearly meeting a market niche for postgraduate business education.

“Consistently the message is that online delivery and being able to study anywhere, anytime is very attractive to time-challenged students who choose our MBA,” she said.

The 5 Star Assessment program is designed to assist potential MBA students by providing an independent assessment of the various programs on offer by people who have been through the process. For further information about the GMAA 5 Star Assessment program, please refer to the methodology report on the GMAA website at The GMAA assessment is presented as a table split into five bands with the programs receiving the highest scores located in the top 5 Star band. Within each band, all programs are then listed alphabetically. The total score for each program is not released.


World Chinese Economic Forum Compendium 2009 – 2014

Dr Geoffrey Chow, Fellow of the GMAA, had his latest book launched in London at The Savoy on 11th November during the World Chinese Economic Summit.  The title of the book is "World Chinese Economic Forum Compendium 2009 – 2014" and Geoffrey is the lead author.  The book was launched by the Malaysian Federal Transport Minister, The Honourable LIOW Tiong Lai. Geoffrey attended the Summit as a member of the World Chinese Economic Summit Global Advisory Council and as delegate to the Summit.

Any member interested in a copy of the 148-page book (28 colour pages), please email Dr Geoffrey Chow at


McKinsey Quarterly: Developing Leaders In A Business

In his book The Will to Lead, Marvin Bower, McKinsey’s managing partner from 1950 to 1967, urges senior managers to abandon command-and-control structures and adopt a program to develop leaders, starting with themselves. In this excerpt, he explores the attributes of leadership.

 November 1997 | by Marvin Bower

Leaders and leadership teams working together will, I suggest, run a business more effectively than a hierarchical, command-and-control structure.

What makes a leader?

Unassuming behavior
Having a servant leadership viewpoint helps any chief executive focus on company performance and on the needs of constituents rather than on his or her own performance or image. In some successful high-tech companies, everyone dresses and behaves informally; it’s integral to the company culture.

If all company leaders have an unassuming manner—with the casualness and informality that it produces—the resulting behaviors of people will fit naturally into a leadership culture.

Leaders listen
I have observed that a high proportion of CEOs in command companies don’t listen very well. I know one chief executive of a world-class overseas company who does this constantly.

A leader is open-minded
People don’t question chief executives much, and they seldom disagree with them. When in doubt, people in a command company tend to keep quiet.

In a leadership company where there is no hierarchy and where people are free to speak their minds about company performance and how to improve it, people can be more productive.

Consider the great competitive advantage of having an open-minded chief executive and other open-minded leaders throughout a company, all ready to receive and consider ideas and put them to work if their judgments stamp them as useful.

Sensitivity to people
Most leadership scholars call this attribute “skill in dealing with people.” I believe a leader can develop competence in guessing what’s on people’s minds. Sensitivity to people also means that leaders are sensitive to their feelings.

Initiative, initiative, initiative
All leaders stationed strategically throughout the company are alert to taking initiatives at every opportunity. And constituents as well as leaders can suggest initiatives.

Good judgment
Following fads in running companies often reflects bad judgment. In my opinion, the chief executive of a leadership company is more likely to make good judgments than the chief of a command-and-control company, simply because constituents—recognizing the leader’s open-mindedness and willingness to listen—will be more willing to volunteer their candid opinions. Any company can strengthen the quality of its decision making by seeking out people with good judgment among its network of leaders. In a leadership company, there will be fewer individual decisions, even by the chief executive. One chief executive I worked with surprised me with his rapid-fire decision making. In a leadership company, it might not have taken an outsider (me) to help that executive improve his decision making. Moreover, people like to work in a company where “things happen.” With the chief executive setting an example, every leader throughout the company can, in turn, set an example for his or her constituents.

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GMAA 2013 5 Star Ratings Media Release



Queensland-based providers have dominated the Graduate Management Association of Australia’s (GMAA) latest assessment of MBA programs, with four of the eight courses awarded the top 5 Star Rating coming from the Sunshine State. <more>


Griffith MBA rises up the rankings

The Griffith MBA has been ranked among the country’s best not once but twice during the past five days.

After ranking inside Australia’s top 10 in the 2013 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey, the Griffith MBA has now retained its 5-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).


La Trobe University MBA rated Top Two

A newly designed La Trobe University MBA course has rated in the top two in Victoria in the Australian Financial Review’s important 2013 BOSS MBA rankings.  <more>